Alaska COVID-19 and Influenza Weekly Case Update: December 25 – December 31, 2022
The Alaska Department of Health Weekly COVID-19 and Influenza Update has been updated with data from the week of December 25 - December 31, 2022 and can be viewed here.
- COVID-19 transmission continued to occur in most parts of Alaska during the week of December 25 - December 31, 2022. There is no clear overall trend.
- The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has been generally stable over the past few weeks (see graph below illustrating hospital beds occupied by persons with COVID-19). Most parts of Alaska are at the “low” COVID Community Level as defined by CDC. Learn more about CDC’s recommended prevention steps at each community level here.
- While the number of influenza cases reported has declined considerably over the past several weeks, influenza activity in Alaska remains high and we could see another rise in influenza cases yet this season. As such, people who have not yet gotten their seasonal influenza vaccine can still benefit from getting it now. This includes people who have already had influenza infection because there are multiple strains of influenza circulating and the vaccine covers four different strains of the virus.
- Updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are available for children ages 6 months through 5 years. Children ages 6 months through 5 years who previously completed a Moderna primary series are eligible to receive a Moderna bivalent booster 2 months after their final primary series dose. Children ages 6 months through 4 years who are currently completing a Pfizer primary series will receive a Pfizer bivalent vaccine as their third primary dose. Children who have already completed all three doses of the Pfizer primary series are not currently eligible for a bivalent dose.
- With respiratory illnesses circulating widely, now is a good time to receive an annual influenza vaccine and a COVID-19 booster shot. Updated bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines are recommended for most people ages 6 months and older who completed the primary series or received their most recent booster dose at least 2 months ago. Visit vaccines.gov to find your COVID-19 booster and influenza vaccine.
- Docket is a free app that provides easy access to official vaccination records. You can download and carry a digital copy of your records anywhere at any time. For more information visit vaccinationrecords.alaska.gov.
- People with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately. Those who test positive should notify contacts who may have been exposed. People with COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 full days after their symptoms start (or positive test result in asymptomatic people) and wear a mask after leaving isolation. See CDC guidance on isolation for details. Treatments are available for people at higher risk of severe disease. See the updates section below for more information.
- People who have been exposed to COVID-19 should wear a mask for 10 full days and get tested at least 5 full days after exposure. Learn more about what to do if exposed. CDC no longer recommends quarantine of exposed persons in most settings, regardless of vaccination status.
- Respiratory viruses circulate year-round in Alaska. Actions such as staying home when sick, washing hands, and improving ventilation can protect you, your family, and your community from COVID-19, influenza, and other infectious diseases. See an Alaska Public Health Alert Network message from September and a CDC Health Advisory from November for information on a variety of respiratory viruses.
- There will be a public health ECHO at noon on Wednesday, January 18 that will cover a range of topics including an update on COVID-19 and influenza. Click here to register.
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- For the most up-to-date case information, see the Alaska COVID-19 Information Hub. All dashboard data are updated weekly by the end of the day on Tuesdays (except holidays). Please note this update used to occur on Wednesdays.
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